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Environmentalists are sometimes accused of being too argumentative, or more specifically, too negative. Part of the reason for this perception is that, in general, people who point out problems are necessarily going to sound more negative than people who claim that everything is just fine—even if everything ISN’T just fine. Nonetheless, just so you don’t think we at Grinning Planet spend all of our time being...

Corporations, Regardless of Current Government Pol...

More of the world’s biggest corporations are taking the fight against climate change into their own hands, aiming to cut their energy costs, pre-empt regulation or burnish their reputations with investors and customers. Apple Inc. has draped its new California campus with solar panels. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. cut the energy consumption of its refrigerators. Steelmaker Thyssenkrupp AG streamlined trucking routes, Dell Inc. made...

$1 Trillion Norwegian Fund Weighs Dropping Oil and...

Norway’s sovereign-wealth fund said on Thursday it may stop buying oil and gas stocks, a move that would deprive the energy sector of investment from a $1 trillion asset manager. The Norwegian central bank, which uses the fund to invest the proceeds of the country’s oil industry, said that investing money back into the energy sector amplifies the government’s exposure to the price of crude, particularly given the country’s...

Industrial Strength: How the U.S. Government Hid F...

   A pivotal EPA study provided the rationale for exemptions that helped unleash the fracking boom. The science was suppressed to protect industry interests. Most mornings, when his 7-year-old son Ryan gets up for school at 6:55, Bryan Latkanich is still awake from the night before, looking online for another home in some part of Pennsylvania with good schools and good water. Six years ago, Latkanich signed on to let an...

Pollutants from fracking could pose health risk to...

Analysis of US fracking sites suggests pollutants including airborne particulates and heavy metals could affect neurodevelopment of babies and children Pollutants released during fracking processes could pose a health risk to infants and children, according to researchers studying chemicals involved in shale gas operations. The extraction of shale gas using pressurised fluid – a process known as fracking – has been used...

As CO2 Emissions Flatten, More Powerful Greenhouse...

Recent studies paint a grim picture. Global carbon dioxide emissions remained flat for a third year in a row, yet far more powerful greenhouse gases “keep creeping up,” according to the annual report from the European Union and the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency. The U.S., Russia, China and Japan decreased their CO2 output from 2015 to 2016, while the EU stayed flat and India’s emissions continued to increase....

Seven States Take Big Next Step on Climate: Here’s...

On Monday, Nov. 13, a bi-partisan group of seven states (New York, Maryland, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Delaware and Vermont), and the District of Columbia announced that they will seek public input on how to craft a regional solution to greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector, now the largest source of CO2 emissions in the region. An announcement to conduct listening sessions may not sound...

Keystone pipeline leak won’t affect last regulator...

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Discovery of a 210,000-gallon oil leak from the Keystone pipeline would seem to be poor timing four days before regulators in Nebraska decide whether to allow a major expansion of the system, but officials say state law does not allow pipeline safety to be a factor in their decision. The Nebraska Public Service Commission was scheduled to rule Monday if a Keystone XL expansion pipeline proposed by...

Massive Pipeline Leak Shows Why Nebraska Should Re...

About 210,000 gallons (5,000 barrels) of oil leaked Thursday from TransCanada’s Keystone oil pipeline near Amherst, South Dakota, drawing fierce outcry from pipeline opponents. The leak, the largest spill to date in South Dakota, comes just days before Nebraska regulators decide on whether its controversial sister project—the Keystone XL (KXL) Pipeline—will go forward. “Enough is enough. Pipelines leak—it’s...

The cost of installing solar energy is going to pl...

the price is right Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images The cost of installing solar energy is going to plummet again. Utility-scale solar power costs could drop 60 percent over the next 10 years, provided the Trump administration refrains from tanking the solar industry. The already booming renewable energy sector will see a sharp drop in costs thanks to improvements in efficiency and technology, the head of...

New connection technology is cutting cost of solar...

The ConnectDER device allows a solar array to be connected directly to the meter, eliminating the need for electrical work inside the home. Utility customers in Ohio and Nebraska are among those taking advantage of a new and simpler technique for connecting solar arrays and other renewable energy systems to the grid. ConnectDER, as it’s known, generally eliminates the need to enter a home and it greatly reduces the amount of...

Oberlin City Council Rejects NEXUS Offer For Easem...

The NEXUS pipeline, which was recently approved for construction by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, will be running through the southernmost part of Oberlin. City Council held an emergency meeting Saturday, deciding to reject a $3,500 offer from NEXUS for means of access. The offer would have given NEXUS the legal right to use city property without owning it, granting the company the ability to begin building its...

How Carbon Farming Can Help Solve Climate Change

Under the 2015 Paris agreement, nations pledged to keep the average global temperature rise to below 2C above pre-industrial levels and to take efforts to narrow that increase to 1.5C. To meet those goals we must not only stop the increase in our greenhouse gas emissions, we must also draw large amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. The simplest, most cost effective and environmentally beneficial way to do...

How to Start a Regenerative Agriculture Movement i...

The most important, although as of yet little known, new paradigm shift and set of practices in the world today is regenerative agriculture, or rather regenerative food, farming and land use. Regeneration practices, scaled up globally on billions of acres of farmland, pasture, and forest, have the potential to not only mitigate, but actually reverse global warming and, at the same time, provide solutions to other burning...

Why Glitter Must Be Banned

All that glitters ain’t gold, or so the old adage goes. And when it comes to the glitter used in everyday cosmetics, specialty make-up, hair products and party paraphernalia, the negative effects on human health and the environment are indeed far from golden. “They really do get into everything, and despite their tiny size, they can have a devastating impact on humans and non-human animals,” wrote Trisia...

If Trump is looking out for consumers, he’ll rejec...

President Trump is about to confront a policy dilemma that will test his commitment to U.S. job growth. The dilemma in question is manifested in a trade tariff case brought by two troubled U.S. photovoltaic manufacturers, Suniva and SolarWorld, that have sought protections against Chinese-made solar-panel imports. The U.S. International Trade Commission has heard the case and last month made a tangled recommendation based on...

AEP Exec: The Future for Coal Power Is ‘Very Limit...

American Electric Power plans to spend $1.8 billion on wind and solar over the next three years as it shifts away from coal. When Charles Patton joined American Electric Power in 2000, around 90 percent of the company’s electricity production came from coal. Since then, AEP’s executive vice president of external affairs says things have changed dramatically. “I will confess, there was a time I wouldn’t have publicly...

PUCO ruling expected to shrink credits paid for se...

Central Ohioans who have rooftop solar panels receive a credit on their electric bills for selling excess power back into the grid. After a ruling Wednesday by state utility regulators, that credit is likely to shrink. For an American Electric Power customer, the credit would be reduced by about 30 percent. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio issued the 3-0 ruling in a case dealing with the rules for so-called “net...

Trump environment nominees pressed on federal clim...

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s nominee to serve as his top environmental adviser said Wednesday she is unconvinced by a new U.S. government assessment reaffirming that manmade carbon emissions are the primary cause of climate change. Kathleen Hartnett White testified before a Senate committee weighing her confirmation as chair of the Council on Environmental Quality at the White House. White, who is from Texas,...

How the House Tax Bill Would Impact Wind, Solar, E...

“The sad thing is, it creates uncertainty in the marketplace—just the fact that this proposal is out there.” Will Congress’ attempt at tax reform spell danger for clean energy?  House Republicans unveiled a massive tax reform bill last week. While it wasn’t as damaging to renewables as many feared, the changes still pose a threat. Wind and electric vehicles stand to lose the most. Lawmakers are looking to slash tax...